Michigan Agency Studies Alcohol-Energy Drink Labels

By: AP
By: AP

Michigan's Liquor Control Commission is collecting cans -- specifically those containing beverages blending alcohol and stimulants such as caffeine.

The regulatory agency passed a motion this month to examine the labels and packaging of alcohol-energy drinks. Michigan is among the first states to target the drinks, which are raising concerns about health effects and whether they are marketed to minors.

Commission Chairwoman Nida Samona says the agency will order changes if it finds packages don't clearly show the presence and percentage of alcohol and stimulants.

One of the beverages is Joose, which is made by United Brands Co. Chief Executive Michael Mikhail has said his company markets nationally through beer distributors and targets consumers who can legally drink alcohol.

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